LINCOLN - A southeast Nebraska District Judge has been recognized with the highest honor bestowed by the Nebraska Supreme Court.  Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner was recognized October 12th, during the annual judges’ conference.

Justice William Cassel presented Schreiner with the ‘Service to the Community Award’ on behalf of the Chief Justice. It is awarded annually to members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary accomplishments that go beyond their day-to-day duties as a judge.

Schreiner was honored for his efforts to promote and improve the Nebraska judicial system and the public’s perception of the system.

In a State Bar Foundation’s Bench-Media Committee and the Judicial Branch Communications Division video, Schreiner discusses the responsibilities and limitations of a judge. His message regarding ensuring the judicial system's integrity, the High Court said, applies to a broad audience, ranging from students to journalists to professors.  The message is shared at judicial meetings, posted on the Judicial Branch Website, and promoted through social media. Schreiner has also engaged in media-related projects, including rule review and education of attorneys about news cameras in the courtroom.

The Nebraska Supreme Court said Schreiner has also demonstrated service to the community by representing district judges statewide during the first Trial Court Week proclamation signing ceremony highlighting the critical role of trial court judges, court clerks, and court staff. 

Schreiner is Chairman of the Nebraska District Court Judges Association Bench Book Committee; serves on the Bench Media Committee, the Expanded Media Rules Committee, and the Probation Services Committee.

He began his judicial career in 2016 as Gage County District Court Judge, 1st Judicial District.

During the same ceremony, Judge Randin Roland of the Cheyenne County Court, received the ‘Improvement of the Judicial System Award’ for promoting judicial efficiency through expanding courtroom technology beginning with the 2020 pandemic.